un·​wor·​thy | \ ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \

Definition of unworthy

1a : lacking in excellence or value : poor, worthless
2 : not meritorious : undeserving unworthy of attention
3 : not deserved : unmerited unworthy treatment
4 : inappropriate to one's condition or station actions unworthy of a gentleman

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unworthily \ ˌən-​ˈwər-​t͟hə-​lē How to pronounce unworthily (audio) \ adverb
unworthiness \ ˌən-​ˈwər-​t͟hē-​nəs How to pronounce unworthiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of unworthy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In March and April, you might be distracted from important issues or pursue objectives that drain your energy or are unworthy of your time. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 4, 2020: Aries, look your best; Capricorn, time to get organized," 4 Jan. 2020 The one hundred senators may yet prove themselves to be unworthy of that faith. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "President* Donald Trump," 19 Dec. 2019 The students felt uneasy, and perhaps unworthy, discussing race, especially within a context where they were personally implicated. New York Times, "Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?," 30 Aug. 2019 These scenes are unworthy of the moral and historical matters Kanon is grappling with. Richard Lipez, Washington Post, "In ‘The Accomplice,’ a CIA analyst turns the hunt for a Nazi into a personal quest," 15 Nov. 2019 How many businesses will go on writing off this zip code as a crime-ridden wasteland, unworthy of investment? Caleb Gayle, The New Republic, "Inside the “Most Incarcerated” Zip Code in the Country," 15 Oct. 2019 First, Mendelsohn, a longtime associate of Michôd’s, turns the usually mordant Henry IV into a vain paranoiac entirely unworthy of the crown. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The King Makes a Dreary Muddle of an Epic Drama," 11 Oct. 2019 Their champion, who just slayed the Beast, beating Brock Lesnar completely cleanly, somehow has come out of this match looking like an unworthy champion, one that the fans do not want holding the belt. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "WWE’s Hell in a Cell ending draws ire of fans," 7 Oct. 2019 Second, those right-leaning voters who felt Trump was unworthy of the presidency or acted contrary to their values have largely left the GOP and become independents. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "A Buffet Table of Bad Options for Anti-Trump Conservatives in 2020," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unworthy

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Unworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unworthy. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unworthy

: not good enough to deserve something or someone : not worthy
: not appropriate or acceptable for a good or respected person


un·​wor·​thy | \ ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \
unworthier; unworthiest

Kids Definition of unworthy

1 : not deserving someone or something He's unworthy of such praise.
2 : not appropriate for a particular kind of person or thing That behavior is unworthy of you.

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unworthiness \ -​t͟hē-​nəs \ noun



Legal Definition of unworthy

: not meritorious specifically, in the civil law of Louisiana : being or relating to an heir who is deprived of the right to inherit from a person because of a failure in a duty towards the person

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unworthiness noun

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